Yeah, it’s OK to call it a bounce-back win.
A night after St. Thomas Aquinas’ Luke Sweeney hurled a perfect game against them, French Settlement rallied for a 6-4 win over the Falcons behind Hunter Wheat’s complete game on Friday.
“It was huge,” FSHS coach Jaime Gautreau said of the District 10-2A win. “That’s what I told the kids after the game – you went from the lowest of lows the night before to the highest of highs within 24 hours. They hung in there.”
The Lions (11-11, 2-4) rallied from a 4-0 deficit with a five-run fourth as Brice Fruge was hit by a pitch, Gannon Allison reached on an error and Roman Hodges singled to load the bases.
Brody Bell’s sacrifice fly scored FSHS’ first run, and with two outs, Evan Rohlfs walked to load the bases again, setting up Ben Andrews’ two-run double to right field, cutting the lead to 4-3.
Edward Allison reached on an error at short, tying the score at 4-4, and Jonas LeBourgeois, who went 2-for-4, singled, giving FSHS a 5-4 lead.
Edward Allison’s double in the sixth scored Rohlfs for the final margin.
Wheat, who threw 119 pitches, gave up six hits, four runs (two earned), with six walks, while striking out two.
“It’s the first time he’s thrown a complete game all season – mostly used him in relief most of the year,” Gautreau said. “He didn’t want to come out. He just kept telling me, ‘Coach, I’ve got six more outs in me.’ He said, ‘Please don’t take me out’, so we went with him and rode him as long as we could, and he did a good job.”
The Falcons, who won the first two games of the series, used a three-run second to take the lead as Jordan Trapani’s single scored Sweeney. Trapani and Matt Linn later score on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead.
STA led 4-0 in the fourth after Sam Smith walked, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Tyler Domiano’s grounder to second.
Parker Stewart, who went 2-for-4 to lead STA at the plate, gave up six hits, six runs (one earned), six walks and struck out four in 5.2 innings to take the loss. Blair Rodrigue worked a third of an inning.